Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.
But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.”
For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so;
Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.”
Now the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him;
But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.”
When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened;
Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).